Nov 24, 2007

H.Res.823: Congressman Acherman (D-NY) & Congressman Delahunt (D-MA)

November 14, 2007: Mr. Ackerman (for himself and Mr. Delahunt) submitted the following resolution (Text PDF) ; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) condemns the imposition of a state of emergency in
Pakistan by General Pervez Musharraf on November 3, 2007;

(2) commends members of the legal profession in Pakistan as
well as opposition politicians, human rights activists, and
independent journalists for their courageous opposition to the
state of emergency and their principled leadership in defending
the Constitution of Pakistan and promoting the rule of law;

(3) calls on General Musharraf to rescind ``Provisional
Constitutional Order No. 1 of 2007'', and restore the
Constitution of Pakistan;

(4) calls on General Musharraf to restore to their
positions all Supreme Court and high court justices and other
members of the legal profession in Pakistan who have been
removed from office and to respect the independence of the
Pakistani judiciary;

(5) calls on General Musharraf to rescind the ``Press,
Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration (Amendment)
Ordinance, 2007'' and allow independent media to re-open;

(6) calls on General Musharraf to release the hundreds of
opposition politicians, lawyers, journalists, and human rights
activists recently arrested;

(7) expects General Musharraf to step down as Chief of Army
Staff as he has repeatedly promised to do;

(8) urges that free and fair elections be held before
January 15, 2008, as previously scheduled; and

(9) urges President George W. Bush to suspend all military
assistance including the sale and transfer of military
equipment to the Government of Pakistan until the conditions
described in paragraphs (3) through (8) have been met.

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